Thursday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Albita: Toda Una Vida - Cuban Masterworks
The set-up is simple and reminiscent of an unplugged performance. Albita sings in a cozy Miami studio and surrounded by her musicians as she stands, barefoot, singing into a filtered microphone. The documentary's producer, Joe Cardona, laid down a circular camera track on the wooden floor, allowing the camera to encircle Albita and capture her from multiple angles as she belts out some soulful lyrics.
Sunday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m.
A.D.D. and Loving It
The program is a refreshing, witty and inspiring documentary about adult Attention Deficit Disorder. The program explores and explains the disorder by following Patrick’s journey for a diagnosis so he can confirm what he’s always suspected – that he has ADD. Along the way, Patrick and his wife Janis open up about their challenges and struggles, something Janis admits “we’ve spent our whole lives trying to hide.
Monday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx with Live Symphony Orchestra
Former Styx front man Dennis DeYoung performs with a 41-piece orchestra and members of the Chicago Children's Choir. Selections include Styx hits and songs from the Broadway musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which DeYoung scored.
Monday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m.
The Rolling Stones: Live at the Max
This 1991 concert film was shot in the IMAX format and was originally presented on enormous IMAX screens, with outstanding visual and audio clarity. Filmed during a European leg of the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels tour, ROLLING STONES: LIVE AT THE MAX boasts great songs and an extraordinary stage.
Wednesday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Les Paul Live in New York
It's somewhat less easy to remember him as the person who created the multi-track recorder. And unfortunately, not too many people of today’s younger generations know about Les Paul the guitarist. Les Paul – Live in New York is a concert collection of Les’ final live performances, filmed at the Iridium in honor of his 90th birthday. With special guest performances and interviews with the likes of Steve Miller, Tommy Emmanuel, Keith Richards, and Bonnie Raitt, one only has to imagine how great this program is.
Saturday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Louis Prima in Person
The program is a vibrant one hour special with full length performances from Louis Prima’s storied career covering the years 1937 to 1971. Prima, on trumpet and vocals, is joined by singers Keely Smith and Gia Maione. Made in partnership with Historic Music and Gia Prima, the program will feature songs such as “Loch Lomand," “I’ll Be Seeing You," “That Old Black Magic,"?“Flip Flop Fly," as well as “Just A Gigolo/I Don’t Got Nobody” and a 1964 performance of his legendary swing music anthem “Sing! Sing! Sing!
Wednesday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Paris: The Luminous Years
The film spotlights now-famous key figures in the art world’s first international avant-garde, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, Serge Diaghilev, Gertrude Stein, Aaron Copland, Josephine Baker, Marcel Duchamp, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Beach, and many more, as they recount their individual stories of why they came to Paris, whom they met, what they made there, and how being in Paris transformed them and their work.
Monday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Naughty or Nice
This lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone’s wish list. Highlights include: an 1863 Temperance lithograph illustrating the evils of imbibing spirits; a letter from Gerald Ford, written when he was House minority leader, to his kindergarten teacher and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it.
Monday & Tuesday, December 20-21 at 9:00 p.m.
A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders, “The Calling” follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals. This four-hour two-part special event explores the forces that are drawing a new generation of young people to serve their communities and their faith.
Tuesday,December 21 at 11:00 p.m.
“45365” is a vérité exploration of the congruities of daily life in an American town. It explores relationships and interactions with and between people and their community. The stories of a father and son, a young relationship, cops and criminals, officials and their electorate coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. “45365” is a portrait of a city and its people.
Wednesdays, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole
Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. She joins the Choir to perform "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and David McCullough reflects on "American Christmas Memories."
Wednesday, December 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Twenty-five-hundred years ago in northern India, Prince Siddhartha left his palace where he had spent 29 years indulging in pleasures. He was determined to comprehend the nature of human suffering. After a grueling spiritual quest that lasted six years, he at last attained enlightenment meditating under a fig tree. He became the Buddha, the “awakened one,” and devoted the rest of his life to teaching the way to enlightenment.
Thursday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows
The program features classic clips from Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. Filling homes with seasonal cheer, the specials became a cherished holiday family tradition. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria."
Friday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 26 at 10:30 p.m.
Christmas at Concordia: Journey to Bethlehem
Conductor René Clausen of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota re-imagines Christmas, taking viewers of all faiths and traditions on a musical journey. The college’s 83rd annual concert combines the pageantry of opera, the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks, and the intimacy of delicate solos.
Assembling a reluctant yet brilliant team to pave the way to reconciliation by confronting obstacles that initially seem insurmountable, Young places his trust in ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse. It is their empathy that will ultimately serve as the catalyst for change by proving more powerful than the terrorist bombs that threaten to disrupt the peaceful dialogue. As the story shifts between Mandela's jail cell, Botha's chambers, ANC headquarters, and a rented car occupied by a British bureaucrat, the prospect for peace becomes more than just a distant hope. William Hurt stars in this powerful drama about the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
Monday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Trash to Treasure
As the new year approaches, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s special edition “Trash to Treasure” sets an optimistic tone with more than 20 incredible tales of treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters and demolition sites. Highlights include: an autographed script of the Academy Award-winning 1935 John Ford movie The Informer, unearthed from a pile of discarded books, valued at $4,000 to $5,000.
Monday, December 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Genious Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
The program artfully pierces through the myths and misconceptions about this humming and hunched figure, whose fingers glided across the piano as no one’s before or since. The film unravels the layers of an iconic, but intensely private, musician who had a revolutionary understanding of the Baroque masters — and a sentimental love for Barbara Streisand and Petula Clark.
Wednesday, December 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Tavis Smiley Reports
Tavis Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the LA Phil’s charismatic conductor. At 29, Dudamel is not only the youngest conductor of any major orchestra in the world, but is also being hailed by critics as the most exciting. Dudamel is instrumental in inspiring the launch of the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles initiative, which provides Los Angeles school children with music education.
Wednesday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m.
Gustavo Dudamel and theL.A. Philharmonic with Juan Diego Florez
As Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his fourth season with the Gothenburg Symphony. Armed with unparalleled passion, energy and artistic excellence, Dudamel is dedicated to leading these orchestras, as well as to increasing his commitment to opera. Dudamel also enters his eleventh year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In 1996, he was named Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Gustavo Dudamel was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2009 by TIME magazine.
Friday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m.
Live From Lincoln Center
New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve with Lang Lang
The concert starring Alan Gilbert, Lang Lang, and Tchaikovsky is a true mid-winter’s dream featuring Gilbert conducting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lang Lang, and the magical second act of The Nutcracker from Avery Fisher Hall.